Saturday, June 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jason!

Happy Birthday Jason!
Thank you Eric for getting the cake :)

Happy Birthday Jason!
The kids had a party in your honor! :) Jackson played in your icing and Madeline, well she decided to eat the #3 candle. The kids even picked out a balloon for you. Madeline's says "Happy Birthday Daddy" and Jackson chose the motorcycle...go figure.
I wish we could be with you, but I know that this is the path that has been chosen for us. I hope that your day is as good as possible. We love you so much and miss you more than words can describe!

Happy Birthday!

Monday, June 23, 2008


Today marks 300 DAYS left in this deployment! We have made it 1/4 of the way! I am amazed that it has already been 100 days (actually longer if you count training). Looking back it seems to have gone fast, but in the thick of it, it does not seem fast at all. It is still overwhelming to think that we have 300 more days of this...we will get through! God has been so good to us to this point and I know He will continue to strengthen us and gives us the grace that we need for each day.
To mark the "occasion" Kim and I had lunch (with no children! I actually ate a complete meal for the first time in 100 days) After lunch we had retail therapy then pedicures! (hence the picture of our toes)

Last week the kids, my mom, and I took a quick trip to Tennessee to visit with my grandparents. We had such a fantastic visit! I loved spending time with my grandparents. One of the days we visited with my Mama Carmela. Lets just say that she spoiled my kids and ruined them with sugar :) But she spoiled me as well :) that is what grandparents are for though right??? This picture is while the kids played in her yard in the sprinkler and ate Popsicle's. They had an amazing time!

While in Tennessee we also got to visit with my Papa. While we were there he got his report back that says his cancer has not spread. We are so thankful for the wonderful news. Praises to the Lord for this!!! Thank you all for your prayers...keep them coming. We had a blast at Papa's house. While we were there Papa and Mama Beth sent mom and me to have a massage. Talk about total pampering! It was the best massage I have ever had! It relaxed me too much probably which is not good when you have 2 toddlers to chase :) The kids had a great time playing at Papa and Mama Beth's house. Madeline helped Papa cook steaks and Jackson got to eat a bowl of ice cream at 9 pm (where else can you get away with this except at a grandparents house??)

The kids got to play with my cousin Micheal. They had a blast with him. Rode bikes. Ran in the yard. Played football. This picture was taken while Madeline was trying to attack Jackson with kisses.

Paula's Party update: Still no word on when the shows that Aimee and I will be on are going to air. I check the food network website weekly, but it has not been put on the schedule yet. I will let you know as soon as I see it though. If you are interested in seeing a picture from it though, check out the latest edition of Cooking With Paula Deen magazine. Turn to page 16 and there is picture of Paula and Jason Priestly and I am in the picture. I laughed at loud when I saw it! Unfortunately, Aimee can not be seen, but she is there :)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

my beautiful anniversary flowers that Jason sent me!

Who's Who dance SHS 1994 (we were just babies)

Our wedding day June 16, 2001

I love my family so much!

Happy 7th Anniversary Sweetheart! Thank you for the best 7 years of my life. I have learned so much in these 7 years. One of the most important is that I love you more each day. You are an incredible man, husband, and father. I am so thankful that you are my husband. I want you to know that you are still the one I want to love forever. The one I want to wake up with every morning and snuggle with every night (if we could ever get these deployments behind us) Your the one I want to share my dreams with. The one whose hand I want to hold when I am afraid and whose shoulder I want to lean on when I need support. Your the one I want to encourage and congratulate. The one I want to comfort when you need strength, but most of all you are the one I want to hold close always and love forever.
Happy Anniversary Jason! I miss you so much!! Stay safe sweetheart!

I Love you always and forever!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Check out my Slide Show!

Check out my Slide Show!

Happy Father's Day!!!

Jackson painting a present for daddy :)

Madeline painting a present for daddy :)

Making cookies to send to daddy.

I just wanted to tell you that I think you are the most wonderful daddy in the world. I am so honored to parent with you. It truly blesses my heart to watch you with our children. Even though you are so far away from us this Father's Day, I want you to know that we love you so much and we miss you a lot. Be safe sweetheart and know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you enjoy the slide shows of the kids. I LOVE YOU JASON!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Care Package

We received our first "care" package from Jason! Excitement would not even begin to express how I felt when I got home and saw the package. It was like Christmas morning! We have been anticipating the arrival of this package for so long and it came at such the right time (This has been a pretty overwhelming week) As you can see from the pictures we got lots of goodies :) Jackson got his very own army hat with his name monogrammed in English and Arabic. Madeline got a "traditional" outfit that little girls wear. Jason said that the outfits came in every color, but he chose pink for Phi Mu :) Jason sent his parents a wood carved camel. It is so cute. I asked him to send me several because I plan to use them on my patriotic Christmas tree this year. I got a great purse. (Jason knows my weakness for purses) It means so much to me that Jason took the time to find each one of us a gift and that each gift was unique and exactly what we would have chosen had we been there ourselves.
The kids and I have been working on our own care packages this week. We have put together a Father's Day package and are now working on Jason's birthday package. I will post pictures later (after Jason receives the packages so as not to ruin the surprise)
Putting together Father's Day gifts, birthday gifts, and our anniversary has been hard. I miss Jason so much. He is always on my mind and in my heart, but putting these packages together makes it even harder. The loneliness can really be overwhelming at times. I would give just about anything to have a hug. This is so hard and we are not even 1/4 of the way through this deployment yet. I know that as time goes by it will get easier right? The thought of this being "easy" seems so far-fetched right now.
"You therefore must endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ"
2 Timothy 2:3
Even as overwhelming and lonely and hard as things are, I know that God has a plan for us. I continue to pray that God will grow me in this journey and use these hard times to mold me and teach me.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

My Papa

My Papa and Jackson

My Papa and my little brother Jeremy

Not sure where to begin with this post so I will just get straight to the point. I am asking you to please pray for my papa. I found out a couple days ago that my granddad's cancer has come back. Of course it has taken me a few days to get a hold of this. Why does this evil cancer have to come back. He kicked its butt once, why come he can kick it again I guess. Over the past couple of days I have really just wanted to run away. I even told my mom that I just wanted to crawl in a big hole. How much more???? Things just seem so overwhelming already then I find out about this and I just want to scream. But I trust our most sovereign Lord that He is in control. I really do trust that and know that, it is just overwhelming. Then I think about my Papa and what a great godly man that he is and I marvel at his calmness as he faces each health battle. I admire him for the way he handles incredibly difficult times. So please join me in praying for my Papa. Pray for his strength as he fights this cancer battle once again. Pray that this 4 month treatment will work and there will be no need for plan b. Papa has other health problems as well so please pray that these do not affect his treatment or recovery. Pray for my Mama Beth as she cares for him. Thank you for your prayers!